Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This Week's Quote

I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed.  That is very gratifying to me.

Barbra Streisand

Source:  Frankly, My Dear

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Choice

Today's commentary in The Advocate addresses a popular question in the LGBT community:  Which would you prefer as president, Trump or Pence?

To me that's a choice between dysentery and mad cow disease.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Free to Pee, You and Me

In case you missed it, last week the group trying to destroy Washington's pro-transgender bathroom law had an appointment to submit petitions to get its initiative on the ballot.

The group cancelled the appointment.  It turned out Just Want Privacy hadn't managed to secure enough signatures to qualify for the election.

Bravo to my fellow Washingtonians who declined to sign.  Across the Evergreen State, you've made gladder bladders.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This Week's Quote

But the bigly event this weekend: Donald Trump finally met his BFF, Russian President Vladimir Putin. They’d never met before, and they could not take their beautiful blue eyes off each other.

Jimmy Kimmel

Source: Idiocracy23.com

Monday, July 10, 2017

Anglicans Say No More Conversion Therapy

The Church of England is taking a stand against conversion therapy, saying it has "no place in the modern world."

Neither does the monarchy, but the church let that slide.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Twisted Independence Day


LGBT newspaper Gay San Diego posted this image today on Facebook as a Fourth of July offering, along with the words, "May all your beaches be open." Only a gay man would think of combining New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's beach scandal with "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" 

Monday, July 3, 2017

If Only

Completely ignored by President Trump, Pride Month has come and gone.  If only that man would do the same.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Germany Takes Down the Wall

Lawmakers in Germany voted today to legalize same-sex marriage.  Germany was actually one of the first countries in Europe to legalize same-sex partnerships back in 2001, but it took until now to approve the whole enchilada.

Forgive me.  The whole schnitzel.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pastor Disaster

Pastor John MacArthur of the Grace Community Church in Los Angeles claimed earlier this month that there are no gay people.  There are just people who choose to sin.

May the pastor be lifted to heaven by Sylvester on one side and George Michael on the other. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This Week's Quote

I Love Boys of Every Color Except Orange

Sign held by a guy at San Francisco Pride

Source:  Huffpost

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Reliable Ally

Yesterday Vice President Mike Pence spoke to Focus on the Family, on the occasion of the virulently anti-gay organization's 40th anniversary.

Pence told the gathering of conservative Christians, "I promise you, Focus on the Family, you have an unwavering ally in President Donald Trump."

Down in hell, Satan thought, "So do I."

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunday Traffic Jam

I read today that this cool June we've been experiencing in Seattle is about to end, and that Sunday, the day of Pride, could see temperatures in the mid-90s.

My mind instantly turned to the International Fountain at the Seattle Center, where the post-parade party is held.   With heat like that, the fountain will be so loaded with lesbians in sports bras and twinks in designer briefs that children may have to kick some knees just to get near the nozzles.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This Week's Quote

We're here, we're queer, get that Cheeto out of here!

Chant during the Equality March in Washington

Source:  The Associated Press

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wonder Women

I went to see "Wonder Woman" last night.  My favorite scenes were early in the movie, when the Amazon warriors are training.  This suggests that a) I'm a lesbian, or b) I'm a lesbian.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Not in a Rush

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Congress this week that he hasn't raised the issue of gay persecution in Chechnya during any of his meetings with Russian officials.  Tillerson said the matter is "on our pending list. We did not make our way through all of the issues in the meetings we’ve had."

But I'm sure the gay purge is a priority for him.  He'll get to it right after he asks the best way to make borscht.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This Week's Quote

I want to get the hell out of here before Bette Midler thanks anyone else.

Tony Awards host Kevin Spacey near show's end

Source: The Washington Post

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Anniversaries

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was . . . yesterday.

Monday, June 12th, marked the first anniversary of the Pulse massacre. Mourners gathered in Orlando and around the country yesterday to remember the 49 LGBTA souls lost and 58 wounded a year ago.  Their crime?  Dancing. Dancing while gay.

Pulse was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.  As much as gays like to make a splash, we would prefer not to be the holders of this record.

Pulse was the worst of times.  But it's important to remember that yesterday was also the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, when the Supreme Court struck down laws banning interracial marriage.  An expansion of civil rights generally, Loving v. Virginia helped lead to Obergefell v. Hodges specifically, so for the American LGBT community, June 12th has a silver lining.

Or a rainbow lining.  Take your pick.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Today's Winning Politician


This photo appeared today on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Facebook page, captioned "I don't march in the Boston Pride Parade.  I dance."

If she doesn't have it already, I hereby nominate the senator for honorary lesbian status.

For the record, I too have marched in the Boston Pride Parade.  And danced. And tripped. 

Let's Make a Deal


from Bisexual.org

Friday, June 9, 2017

West Hollywood Confessions



In a nod, of sorts, to Pride month, Jimmy Kimmel asks denizens of West Hollywood, L.A.'s gay ghetto, the straightest thing they've ever done.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Washington, D(azed) C(onfused)

President Trump hasn't issued a Pride proclamation for the month of June, and he hasn't hosted a Pride reception at the White House.  Yet he claimed during the campaign that he would be a "friend" to the gay community.

I'm confused.  Perhaps Sen. McCain could explain it to me.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

This Week's Quote

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said that while schools receiving federal funds must abide by federal civil rights laws, the department will not enter decrees on things like LGBT discrimination. Coincidentally, LGBT is also how Betsy DeVos thinks you spell discrimination.

Seth Meyers

Source:  Newsmax.com

Friday, June 2, 2017

Trump This Week

On the last day of May, President Trump issued five different proclamations recognizing June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month, National Homeownership Month, Great Outdoors Month and National Ocean Month.

Notice what's missing?

Instead of declaring June LGBT Pride month, as President Obama did every year of his presidency, Trump has been utterly silent.  He dissed every queer person in America, and the next day he dissed every nation and the earth itself by pulling the U.S. out of the Paris accord.

The only way I could dislike him more is if he launched an attack against Syrian refugees using baby seals as ammunition.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Week's Quote

JK Rowlings thinks shes tough.  Stupid dyke.

Unknown Twitter user

1. I don't think I'm that tough.
2. I definitely do stupid things sometimes.
3. I'd be so gay if you were the alternative.

J.K. Rowling's tweeted response

Source:  HuffPost

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ferrying Their Fears On a Holiday

If you want people to sign your petition here in the state of Washington, one of the best places to go is a ferry terminal.  The people waiting in their cars to drive onto the ferry are a captive audience.  And if it's a holiday, you'll find twice the usual number of captives.

That's what passed through my mind after I spotted two women with clipboards preparing to cruise the lanes of cars yesterday, Memorial Day, at the Kingston ferry dock.  Based on their middle-American appearance I found myself thinking, "Oh God no, not the bathroom bill.  Please let this be something else.  A push for a state gnome or something."

But nooooo.  I can't remember now if I heard or saw the words "Just Want Privacy" as a canvasser approached the car ahead, but I knew we three in our car were about to be asked to sign a petition to get Initiative 1552, which would discriminate against transgender people, on the ballot.

I alerted my wife, Anne, and our friend, Phil.  Anne must've been waiting for a moment like this, because she instantly told us what she wanted to say to the woman.  I deferred to her, in part because I was in the back seat, and I find it hard to be authoritative from there.

The woman approached us with a smile, and launched in.  I guess we didn't appear hospitable, because she commented that the looks on our faces suggested we disagreed with her.

Anne said, "We care about you.  We really do."  The petitioner thanked her. Anne added, "But I think what you're doing is shameful."

The woman shrugged and moved on to the next car.  Phil, with his big heart, probably wanted to run after her and sign the damn thing just to make her feel better.  And Anne, she got to say what's true for her in this Age of Trump, that she cares about everyone, but she's sick to the teeth of people hating on other people.

And me, I needed some ice cream.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Story of Sodom Meets Marvel Comics


from Friendly Atheist

Taiwan On the Right Track

In their decision that will make Taiwan the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage, justices of the island's Constitutional Court yesterday called sexual orientation an "immutable characteristic that is resistant to change."

Resistant?  I'd call it downright allergic.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This Week's Quote

I knew the full "Judy Garland Carnegie Hall" double album set at age 2. And then my mother wondered why I was gay. I was like, "Are you nuts? You would make me get on the table to sing Judy Garland songs and you're upset?"

Mario Cantone

Source:  Brainyquote.com

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cap and Frown

Yesterday at Notre Dame's graduation ceremony, students walked out when Vice President Mike Pence began his commencement speech.  They were protesting, among other things, Pence's anti-LGBT record.

I'm a tad surprised the Catholic university invited Pence in the first place, since he long ago ditched Catholicism to become a fundamentalist Christian.  It's like asking Benedict Arnold to speak to the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Nation Aggravation

According to reports, Lithuania is the first country to grant asylum to gay and bisexual men fleeing the gay purge in Chechnya.

The United States, by contrast, has denied visas to Chechens running for their lives.  I haven't been this mad at my government since . . . 10 minutes ago.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bang Goes the Gay Male Reputation

I just clicked on a Facebook link in order to read a story from The Advocate about a bigoted Kentucky judge.  Instead of a written story I got a short narrated video version, followed by another video story about Michael Moore's film at the Cannes Film Festival.

But the narrator pronounced "Cannes" as "Canes."  As in rhymes with "trains."

I assume the narrator is an Advocate employee, which probably means he's gay.  Gotta hand it to The Advocate.  Somehow the LGBT magazine of record found the only gay man in America to whom the world's glitziest film festival is a mystery.

This Week's Quote

In her testimony, Sally Yates said she warned White House officials about Mike Flynn being compromised by the Russians.  Yates also tried to warn Mike Pence, but every time she entered the room he yelled, "Out, temptress!"

Conan O'Brien

Source:  Thoughtco.com

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fun With Stereotypes

My wife Anne and I just returned to Seattle from a week in Vermont.  Our main purpose in being there was to help my elderly mother with her needs, so we had little free time.  But I've promised myself that the next time we're in the Green Mountain State, I'll whisk Anne over to the town of Woodstock just so I can snap a photo of a lesbian walking into The Vermont Flannel Company.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today's Executive Action

The "religious liberty" executive order President Trump signed today did not, after all, expressly target the LGBT community.  Is this a sign he's decided to embrace us or will he simply attack us farther down the road?

We don't know.  I'm confident Trump doesn't either.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Tutu Ado

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi recently told students at Greybull High School, "I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights.  Well, he kind of asks for it.  That's the way that he winds up with that kind of problem."

And that's the way the senator wound up with a problem:  irate Wyomingites from Sheridan to Cheyenne.  Who found a creative way to protest the Republican's victim-blaming remarks.

They turned their anger into ballet-wear.  Men and women wore tutus to school, to work, to bars, to protest parties.  In Laramie there was a tutu tutorial for those unschooled in the art of making the gathered skirts.  Which was probably just about everybody.

As the massive anti-Trump protests across the country have led to a spike in the sales of art supplies, I assume Wyoming has seen a run on muslin, gauze and nylon.  Jo-Ann Fabrics doesn't know what hit it.

Butch's Bar, a biker bar in Evansville, held a tutu party last Friday, organized by the bar owners' gay son.  "Bartenders in tutus paused with customers to move their hands overhead and sing the song 'YMCA,'" reported The Advocate.  "Upstairs tutus, feather boas and people in plain clothes twirled on the dance floor together."

Say what you will about him, but Sen. Enzi got the state thinking about anti-LGBT violence, and he got bikers dancing next to boa-sporting gays.  He brought people together to fight for human rights, and he deserves a nickname for the (accidental) progress he caused.  I suggest Bishop Tutu.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Congressman Begs Forgiveness for America's "Sins"

Last night in Statuary Hall inside the U.S. Capitol at an annual gathering of right-wing Christians, some 20 members of Congress took turns leading the assembled in prayer.  When Rep. Randy Weber of Texas got to the podium, he confessed "several of the sins our nation has been so emboldened to embark upon."

Weber warmed up with offenses like removing the Bible from schools, and then he got into the meat and potatoes.  "Father, we've trampled on your holy institution of holy matrimony and tried to rewrite what it is and we’ve called it an alternate lifestyle.  Father, oh Father, please forgive us," he said, breaking into tears.

Then he got equally emotional about abortion, before segueing into the national debt, which apparently wasn't weep-worthy.

After Weber finished, the statue of Will Rogers whispered to the statue of Rosa Parks, "I'm keeping up with the times better than he is, and I've been dead for 80 years."

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This Week's Quote

In the early eighties, I was pretty innocent and confused.  I was like Marie Osmond, only with bigger eyelashes.

Boy George

Source:  The Mammoth Book of Great British Humor

Monday, April 24, 2017

Murderer on a Schedule

It appears to be true that President Ramzan Kadyrov said he wants the LGBT community of Chechnya to be eliminated by the beginning of Ramadan.

Hate to see what he's got planned for the end of it.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017

I'm about to set out for the Science March here in Seattle. I'm wearing my pink pussyhat, which some might view as diluting today's pro-science message.

I prefer to think of it as multi-tasking.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The District of Gomorrah

Family Research Council senior fellow Robert Maginnis went on SkyWatchTV recently to talk about "the occult influence on D.C. elites."

The "rank evil" that pervades the nation's capital, influencing even the most well-intentioned public servants, includes witchcraft and homosexuality, and how gayness gets tossed into a discussion on the occult I don't know.  It seems that whenever evil is the topic, homosexuality gets a mention.  It's the all-purpose flour for the conservative Christian baker.

"If you look around Washington, you have Dupont Circle, famous for being the center of homosexuality in Washington, you have all sorts of activities down there that are pretty souring," said Maginnis.  "You have a lot of witchcraft. You have a lot of hedonism.  You have all the issues that—when I think of Sodom and Gomorrah, I often think of Washington, D.C. in the same thought."

Well, when I think of Sodom and Gomorrah, I think . . . oh, who am I kidding? I never think of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This Week's Quote

You Can't Deduct Golden Showers

sign at New York City Tax March

Source:  Esquire

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's Your Choice

I recommend you read yesterday's New York Times editorial, which lays out why the gay Republican claim that Donald Trump would be an LGBT ally has proven breathtakingly wrong.

Or you can slap yourself repeatedly.  You'll feel about as good.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Melissa Spicey Bunny


The president's press secretary apologizes for his Hitler comments and provides a lesson on Passover.  Don't pass it over.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Fantastic Four They Aren't

On Tuesday four North Carolina House Republicans filed a bill to defy the U.S. Supreme Court and ban same-sex marriage in the Tar Heel State.  The four conservative legislators are Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, Carl Ford and Mike Clampitt.  Or, as I now think of them, Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article144006904.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article144006904.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

This Week's Quote

As scary as it was being raised by one Jewish mother, I have to feel for my kids because they have two Jewish mothers.

Judy Gold

Source:  Brainyquote.com

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Trying My Best to Keep Up

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a fierce opponent of same-sex marriage, resigned yesterday owing to his doozy of an extra-marital affair.   Also yesterday Kenneth Adkins, the pastor who tweeted Pulse victims got "what they deserve," was found guilty in Georgia of molesting a teenage girl and boy.

It's hard to keep up with all the hypocritical shenanigans of prominent gay-haters.  I think I need a grant.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Chechen Magic

A week ago I read that over a hundred gay men had been rounded up in Chechnya, but the president's spokesman denied it, on the basis that there are no gay men in Chechnya.  Today I read that those men are being held in a concentration camp-style prison.

Quite a trick, imprisoning people who don't exist.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Randy and the First Lady—Ivanka



Randy Rainbow gets off a bunch of zingers in his "interview" with Ivanka Trump, White House asset.  Well, not exactly asset . . .

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Backing Trump's Ideological Friend in France

The Advocate reports that over 16 percent of French LGBT voters are supporting far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

Gag me with a cuillère.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

This Week's Quote

First came moi, a son who was so gay he liked to flit round the backyard, age six, in the style of the Ballet Russe.  A son so gay he wore his mum's clothing à la Norman Bates.  A son so gay that he became a window dresser.  A son so gay that he actually won awards for being a window dresser.  A son so gay that, a few years back, he was plonked at the top of Time Out magazine's list of "the gayest people in New York City."  (The list was not alphabetized. Harvey Fierstein was below me.  That's how gay I am.)

Simon Doonan

Source:  Gay Men Don't Get Fat

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Army Strong, Army Wrong

President Obama's Army secretary was an openly gay man.  President Trump's expected pick for the post is the chief sponsor of anti-gay legislation in Tennessee.

About, FACE!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The World of 2017

There are reports that police in Chechnya have rounded up over 100 men suspected of being gay and that at least three have been killed.

Horrible.  At least we in America know that President Obama will take a strong stand against such barbarity.

Oh wait . . .

Trump is the president now.  Well, he wants LGBT Americans to think he supports us, so he'll have to condemn Chechnya, which is a republic of Russia.

Oh wait . . .

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Flag Is at Half-Staff

The designer of the rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker, has died.  What a legacy he left.  Since the flag debuted in 1978, it has become the iconic symbol of gay rights and solidarity, not just in the U.S. but all around the world.

That's why I think of Baker as the man of the cloth.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Compromise Thwacks Human Rights

At last, North Carolina's HB2 has been repealed.  And replaced with something pretty near as lousy.

As political compromise goes, well, I wouldn't be surprised if every LGBT North Carolinian today feels like three-fifths of a person.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I'm Certain John Hancock Said This


This Week's Quote

This administration is like a fast-moving car stuck in reverse.

Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, on President Trump's quiet removal this week of federal protections against LGBT employment discrimination

Source:  NCLR press release

Friday, March 24, 2017

Thank You, George

Psychotherapist George Weinberg has died.  You've probably never heard of him, but he's the person who coined the term "homophobia."

Imagine life without that word.  We'd be forced to say, "Hey, you're being small-minded and cruel and judgmental and hostile and petty and bigoted and fearful and I think the problem is really yours and not mine and geez I wish there was an easier way to say all this."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Flour Power

Last weekend on Periscope right-wing pastor Lance Wallnau recounted a "testimony" he'd read that day.   It seems some "hookers" hung out in a bar owned by a gay man, who was "very adamantly anti-Christian."  The hookers wound up being "saved" by a fellow bar-goer, and then they all baked a cake and prayed over it, so it was an "annointed cake."

They gave it to the bar-owner as a gift, and when he ate it, "the power of God hit him."  He was baptized, and "the spirit that was working him got broken off," which I take to mean he stopped being gay.

I'm not interested in becoming straight, but if these folks can pray away the calories in a cake, I'll be first in line.

This Week's Quote

I like how people who want more God in government voted for a hybrid of Judas, the Golden Calf and Caligula.

John Fugelsang

Source:  Facebook

Monday, March 20, 2017

Unnatural

My wife and I went to see first-round games of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday here in Seattle.  The arena was packed, mainly because the University of Washington played in the second game.

I'm here to tell you the ugly truth:  The place was full of straight people. Husbands and wives, dads and daughters, even three generations of families. I realized during the second game that I actually had to strain to spot lesbians in the crowd.

Does that sound normal to you?

I get it that the UW women's team is exciting and successful, and now draws more fans than just relatives, lesbians and the janitors.  I get it that basketball is for everyone.  I get it that we should be open-minded.

But it just feels wroooong.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Adventures in Hypocrisy

This happens so frequently, and yet I never tire of it.  That probably doesn't say a lot for me, but oh well.

I'm speaking of when a Christian conservative is found with his family values around his ankles.

In the most recent case, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey was caught in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy last week in Moore.  Shortey, 35, now faces three felonies:  soliciting the prostitution of a minor; transportation for the purpose of prostitution; and, my personal favorite, prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church.

Sure enough, the senator and the teenager weren't conducting a Bible study at the Super 8.  Via text, Shortey had said he'd pay the boy for "sexual stuff."

And also sure enough, Shortey attended Bible college, is married to a woman and has three kids.  He always voted anti-gay, and was the county coordinator for the Trump campaign.  Prior to this notable incident, Shortey was best known for introducing a bill to ban the use of aborted human fetuses . . . in food.

Oklahoma knows how to deal with a gun-loving, illegal-immigrant-hating conservative Christian Republican who suddenly reveals himself to be a horse of a potentially rainbow color.  The AP reported that before Shortey "was even arrested or formally charged, Senate workers already had scraped his name from his office door, changed the locks and painted over his name in the parking lot."

You know the expression gone but not forgotten.  In Oklahoma City, Shortey is not gone but forgotten.

He isn't alone when it comes to recent cases of flaming GOP hypocrisy. Consider another state senator, Joey Hensley of Tennessee, a veritable Richard the Lionheart in the service of conservative Christian values.

Especially when it comes to LGBT people.  Hensley pushed Tennessee's memorable "Don't Say Gay" bill, and now he's sponsoring legislation to make children created using donor sperm illegitimate, a clear swipe at gay families.

But this pillar of morality, who has been married and divorced four times, was just named in court during a local mayor's divorce proceedings.  It seems Hensley, a doctor, has been having an affair with his married nurse.  Who's also his patient.  And his second cousin.

Really people, you behave like hypocrisy is a career goal.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This Week's Quote

If Steve Bannon really is the son of Ann “The Beebo Brinker Chronicles” Bannon, she must be mortified.

Kate Clinton

Source:  Facebook

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mr. HB2

Former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has been whinging recently that he can't find a job because people have the idea that he's a bigot.

Wonder how they got that idea?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Welcome to Cherry Grove



I've never seen Logo's "Fire Island."  Apparently it's a reality show about gay male horndogs.  "Saturday Night Live" offered up, in contrast, this group of lesbian moms.  The stereotyping is extreme, but I laughed when Kate McKinnon completed the jigsaw.  You'll see.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Preying On and Praying At Gay Kids

Tonight the ABC News show "20/20" will report that there are hundreds of conversion therapy camps across the country.  It's a veritable Christian cottage industry.  Why can't Christians go back to less harmful money-making schemes, like selling the bones of saints?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 8

Tomorrow is A Day Without a Woman, when women are asked to protest against the economic inequities we face by taking the day off "from paid and unpaid labor."

So I won't be blogging tomorrow.  In case you're wondering, my General Gayety blog falls in the "unpaid labor" category.  Dang it.

Irving Berlin Meets Nabisco


Saturday, March 4, 2017

That Man Is Reliably Unreliable

Last Tuesday when President Trump spoke before Congress, many viewers were struck that he seemed, at last, presidential, because he read his speech and didn't veer into a tantrum.  That's how low the bar is set for That Man.

Now it's Saturday, and Trump has already scrapped his new aura of dignity, thanks to morning tweets accusing President Obama of tapping the Trump Tower phones before the election.

So Trump is back to his usual paranoid self, which means I'll be protesting him again.  Thank goodness—I need the money.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This Week's Quote

That's what they want:  two women.  Fellas, I think that's a bit lofty.  Because, come on, think about it—if you can't satisfy that one woman, why do you want to piss off another one?  Why have two angry women in the bed with you at the same time?  And think about it—you know how much you hate to talk after sex, imagine having two women just nagging you to death.

Wanda Sykes

Source:  Azquotes.com

Friday, February 24, 2017

The All-American LGBT Quiz

What a week in the U.S. of A.  Have you been able to follow all the LGBT news?  Take this quick quiz and find out.

1.  Professional provacateur Milo Yiannopoulos lost his book deal, his speaking engagement at CPAC and his job at Breitbart News.  It wasn't Yiannopoulos' flame-throwing racism, sexism or transphobia that led to his downfall.  What was it that caused conservatives to cut ties with their openly gay pet monkey?

a.  He accused Nancy Reagan of having bad taste.
b.  He accused Ronald Reagan of being soft on communism.
c.  He seemed to endorse pedophilia.
d.  He danced naked around the Washington Monument.

2.  Grace Slick, lead singer for Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, licensed the Starship hit "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" for use in a commercial by the anti-LGBT company Chick-fil-A.  Slick said she'll donate all the proceeds to which outfit?

a.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
b.  The Democratic Party.
c.  Lambda Legal.
d.  The Haight-Ashbury Home for Alive-Against-All-Odds Psychedelic Rockers.

3.  The Trump administration cruelly withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students.   Education Secretary DeVos opposed the change, but lost the battle to whom?

a.  White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
b.  Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
c.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
d.  Lord High Everything Else Pooh-Bah.

4.  Recently retired Candice Wiggins claimed 98 percent of WNBA players are gay.  Further, being straight caused her to be . . .

a.  . . . lonely.
b.  . . . a bad shooter.
c.  . . . bullied and harrassed.
d.  . . . never picked for reindeer games.

5.  A new study indicated that in states where same-sex marriage was adopted, gay high school students immediately became less likely to . . .

a.  . . . belch.
b.  . . . get acne.
c.  . . . attempt suicide.
d.  . . . dunk cafeteria fries in chocolate pudding.

The answer to each question is "c."  If you aced this quiz, congratulations, and would you mind telling me how you're able to keep up so well?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Presidents' Day Blues

Since protesting against That Man now feels like my norm and required, I woke up this Presidents' Day assuming that's what I would be doing.  But while other cities are staging protests, Seattle isn't.

So much frustration that on this day in particular our president is nothing but a self-obsessed cantaloupe, so little opportunity to march about it.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The War of the Roses

Here in the other Washington, we've been waiting for our state Supreme Court to decide on the case of Barronelle Stutzman, the Richland florist who refused to provide flowers for the 2013 wedding of Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed because of her religious objections to same-sex marriage.

This week the verdict came down:  The florist needs to wake up and smell the flowers.

The court ruled, and unanimously, that Stutzman violated anti-discrimination law.  The justices pooh-poohed her claim that she caused no harm because other area florists were willing to provide flowers.

Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud wrote, "We emphatically reject this argument. We agree with Ingersoll and Freed that 'this case is no more about access to flowers than civil rights cases were about access to sandwiches.'"

Mighty things are built upon peonies and salami.

McCloud wrote, "As every other court to address the question has concluded, public accommodations laws do not simply guarantee access to goods or services. Instead, they serve a broader societal purpose: eradicating barriers to the equal treatment of all citizens in the commercial marketplace."

Because she still wants to be a barrier, Stutzman plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  But she's also hoping President Trump makes good on a campaign promise and issues an executive order protecting religious freedom.

Religious freedom.  Discrimination.  A rose by any other name smells just as stinky.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Here's Hoping

Yesterday in a post on the American Family Association website renowned homophobe Bryan Fischer called gay conservatives "a cancer" who might destroy conservatism.

And you thought gay conservatives were useless.

This Week's Quote

The United States was founded by the brightest people in the country—and we haven't seen them since.

Gore Vidal

Source:  Politico

Sunday, February 12, 2017

McCarthy and McKinnon Do It Up


Last night on "Saturday Night Live" Melissa McCarthy took a second spin as Sean Spicer.  Also, Kate McKinnon became Jeff Sessions.  So if it's true, as Politico reported, that Spicer and Sessions' boss thinks being played by women makes men look weak, then the prez must be fuming that the White House just got twice as anemic.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Merit Badges All Around

In 2013 the Boy Scouts of America ended its ban on gay youth, and two years later ended its ban on gay scout leaders.  A couple of weeks ago the Scouts lifted its ban on transgender kids.

Boy Scouts were once known for helping old ladies across the street.  Now they've finally helped themselves get to the other side, cheered on by, among others, old ladies.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

This Week's Quote

Q: What's Donald Trump's favorite nation?
A: Discrimination

Source:  Quickfunnyjokes.com

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Spicy Melissa


I'm posting on General Gayety this clip of Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer from last night's "Saturday Night Live" because I consider it a brilliant drag performance.  But even if I couldn't figure out an LGBT connection to justify posting this, I still would--it's that good.

Friday, February 3, 2017

To Cap It Off

Because I was having a bad hair day yesterday, I put on a baseball cap. When Anne got home from work, she looked at me and shuddered.

"All those red hats scare me," she said of Trump's "Make America Great" caps. "I truly have a visceral reaction."

She certainly does.  The hat said "Provincetown."

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Marching the Good March

Anne and I didn't know just what lay ahead at the Women's March on Washington, but our flight from the West Coast to the East Coast two days before encapsulated the possibilities.  Would it be like the three female passengers who wore their pink pussyhats with quiet pride, or would it be like the 30-something blonde woman who picked a fight with a flight attendant and was met by police upon landing?

Anything seemed possible.

We stayed with friends in Virginia, Theresa and Overton, who had no interest in watching the inauguration the next day.  "It's not happening in my world," said Theresa, and I admired her ability to block out the crowning of the Cheeto.

Theresa drove us to a Washington Metro stop, and Anne and I gazed at the many folks in "Make America Great" hats and red, white and blue attire, obviously returning from the inauguration.  On the train I watched a young teenager attach and reattach his bow tie over several stops, part of a family bound for an inauguration ball.

Our second train was crowded, and as I struggled to maneuver our suitcase I found myself at eye level with a button celebrating Trump's inauguration.  The owner was a middle-aged white man.  A couple of stops later the guy leaned forward to punch an African-American woman in the back as she got off the train.

She turned around and said something I couldn't hear, and he said, "You bumped me!"  In that second where things were about to go nuclear, I grabbed the hood of the man's sweatshirt.  He was surprised; I was shocked.

As he stared at me I said, "Down.  Bring it down," and I made a lowering gesture.  He said, "Nobody ever apologized," and then, "I wasn't talking to you!"

True enough.  I looked away.  The doors had closed and the woman was gone and Anne was ready to pass out.

A few stops later a young African-American woman we'd been talking to before the incident murmured to me, "Thank you for doing that," as she got off. Her words broke my numbness.  I was still alive.  Cool.

At the home of our friends Meg and Angela, we met Tammy and Daute from Oklahoma City.  During dinner that evening Tammy spoke of feeling isolated in her activism.  When she told people at work she planned to participate in the Women's March on Washington, someone asked whether she'd been training. Tammy was baffled.  Turned out that person thought the March was a 5k race.

The next morning Anne and I donned the pussyhats friends at home in Seattle had knitted for us and set out with Meg, Angela, Tammy and Daute.  As we neared the Capitol, I remarked that I hadn't been to Washington in 30 years and, "It does take your breath away."  Without missing a beat, Daute replied, "Now it takes your rights away."

At some time at some place in Oklahoma, the spirit of Will Rogers took up residence in a Native American-Latina lesbian.

We snapped a picture together, which was a good thing, because we would soon lose each other.


This would also be the last time till evening that I stood in anything resembling open space.

As we dallied with a lesbian political group, I watched hordes of people go by. It became clear that there was high enthusiasm and high creativity.  I started noting down signs.  Among my favorites from the day:

         --Women Are the Wall and Trump Will Pay
         --Electile Disfunction
         --Urine Over Your Head
         --Respect Existence or Expect Resistance
         --Find His Horcruxes
         --Keep Your Tiny Paws off my Lady Drawz
         --Shh . . . Don't Tell Him About Snapchat
         --Save Time:  Impeach Now
         --No Cuntry for Old Men
         --Elizabeth Cady Stanton is my Patronus
         --We Shall Overcome, not Overcomb
         --We Are the Granddaughters of the Witches You Could not Burn
         --You're so Vain You Probably Think This March Is About You
         --Sex Offenders Can't Live in Government Housing

And then there was a balloon that read "When They Go Low, We Go High."

We walked toward the rally and then squeezed our way forward, trying to get close enough to hear, which is how Anne and I got separated from the other four gals.  Over the next three hours Anne and I stood, or inched forward, two fuzzy hats in a sea of fuzzy hats.  Behold the pinkness:



We caught the occasional word and eventually whole sentences from speakers ranging from Ashley Judd to Michael Moore to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who said, "This is the moment of the beginning of the revival of the women's movement."

From her New York mouth to the goddess's ear.

Muslim-American Linda Sarsour, one of the March organizers, spoke for me when she said, "I will respect the presidency, but I will not respect this president."  Not even a wee bit.

Transgender activist Janet Mock spoke, and when Janelle Monae performed with African-American mothers of victims of violence, she included a trans woman, saying "an injustice done to you . . . is one done to me."

Including everyone in a political rally is a beautiful thing.  Including everyone in a political rally is also a time-sucking thing, and the rally went way late.  "Time for the benediction!" hollered a young woman next to me.

Finally someone on stage told us where to march, and off we went.  Precisely where I'm not sure.  We just flowed along with the pussyhatted crowd, eventually striking main streets, including Pennsylvania Avenue.  The march itself was packed, while others lined the route and filled up the roads to the right and left.  I mean, this event was yuuuge.



There were women, men, children, all ages, every hue, gay and straight, from every part of the country. Marchers responded to the chant, "Tell me what democracy looks like!" with "This is what democracy looks like!" and it would've been hard to argue.

Other popular chants included, "Welcome to your first day, we will not go away!" and, "We need a leader, not a creepy Tweeter!" which turned out to be not as tongue-twisting as you might think.

At 3:15, early in our march, I texted friends from Maine I hoped to meet up with during the day, but they had already returned to their local digs.  I never connected with my cousin from New Jersey, or any of the two dozen folks from our church in Seattle.  That's how it went for everyone I talked to.  With such a huge mass of humanity, finding people was impossible.

Except for our Virginia hosts, Theresa and Overton.  At the rally, they realized they were standing next to their neighbor.  Call it a March Miracle.

Anne and I walked and walked.  She had a terrible cold and I didn't think she'd last that long, but buoyed by the chants and signs and anger and resolve and people we met, she kept trudging.  We were buoyed, too, by the knowledge that we had friends and relatives marching that day from Boston to San Francisco.  Anne had already gone weepy over a text from our ten-year-old niece, who said she was marching in Olympia, Wash., so Anne and I could stay married.

Here we were marching for the next generation, but it was already marching for us.  Sniff.

Eventually Anne and I reached the Trump International Hotel.  I've never seen so many people flip off a building.

Throughout the day we didn't encounter as many police as I expected.  At one point we passed national guardsmen, one of whom said we marchers were wonderful.  My fear of a Trump-inspired militarization came to naught.  At least on this day.

Around 5:30 we marched into a restaurant.  Positively giddy that we hadn't needed the porta potties all day, we now found life's essentials:  bathrooms and pizza.

Later that night at Meg and Angela's place, Tammy said she was so proud to hear that some 10,000 people marched in Oklahoma City.  Maybe now nobody will confuse a Women's March with a road race.

A week after the Women's March on Washington, a week in which Trump has proved he's as awful as we feared, the experience is still much with me, even in odd ways.  Yesterday I found myself thinking, "I need to put in a load of laundry THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!"

Apparently I'm in no danger of forgetting the lessons of my day with the pink pussyhat posse.  And I'm keeping my pussyhat for the next time it's necessary to herd cats.